gave its iOS developers some shocking news today -- it was reallowing
ports using third-party tools, including ports of Flash apps.
The company writes:
are continually trying to make the App Store even better. We have
listened to our developers and taken much of their feedback to heart.
Based on their input, today we are making some important changes to
our iOS Developer Program license in sections 3.3.1, 3.3.2 and 3.3.9
to relax some restrictions we put in place earlier this year.
particular, we are relaxing all restrictions on the development tools
used to create iOS apps, as long as the resulting apps do not
download any code. This should give developers the flexibility they
want, while preserving the security we need.
addition, for the first time we are publishing the App Store Review
Guidelines to help developers understand how we review submitted
apps. We hope it will make us more transparent and help our
developers create even more successful apps for the App Store.
announcement seems particularly amazing given that in April Apple
CEO Steve Jobs responded to one disgruntled developer's
accusations that he was playing Scrooge, commenting, "We’ve
been there before, and intermediate layers between the platform and
the developer ultimately produces sub-standard apps and hinders the
progress of the platform."This about-face comes after
news hit that Google's
Android had passed the iPhone in U.S. market share.
Other recent studies have also confirmed that Apple's smartphone
market share is in a downward
slide while Android is surging upwards. Apple
that this is happening.We are awaiting comment from Adobe
about whether this means that the converter to port Flash apps to
Objective C code will now be restored to the Creative Suite.Even
though Apple is once again being generous with the tools developers
use, it's unlikely that opens its tightly closed gates to
quote: Verizon's decision to force the use of Bing as the core search engine on the Samsung Fascinate may be part of a larger change that could undermine Android itself, a rumor hinted today. Two sources for Droid Guy, at least one of them previously accurate, claimed that Verizon is making Microsoft's Bing the mandatory engine on all of its Android phones in the future. It contradicts a previous statement from a Verizon representative that customers could change the search engine on phones if they liked.While it's not uncommon for carriers to make deals for default search engines, Verizon's approach also prevents owners from choosing an alternative short of installing unofficial firmware, an investigation found. The Google Search widget has been removed and can't be found in Android Market for another download. More than one APK (Android app installer) for Google also fails where they work properly on Samsung Galaxy S variants for other US carriers, such as the AT&T Captivate or T-Mobile Vibrant.??Microsoft is known to have a long-term deal with Verizon for search, but until now there hadn't been active steps to prevent using an alternative. The company may be especially vocal about changing the search on Android devices, since a stock Android phone is immediately a help to Google's search ad revenue.??Regardless of motivations, the restriction if broadly applied would have Verizon reneging on its pledge to support the openness of Android and reflects a wider trend of the OS being artificially restricted by carriers. Most US providers are disabling Android 2.2's tethering support in favor of their own, and AT&T has banned non-Market Android apps under the pretext of security. The moves paradoxically leave Apple's iPhone more open in some areas, as its users can choose Google, Bing or Yahoo for search and don't have first-party apps deliberately hidden or broken.??Verizon has yet to comment on the authenticity of the claims beyond what's been shown to be true with the Fascinate.
quote: That means no seamless integration with Gmail. No Google Latitude. No multitouch in the map app, either. And in place of the free and fantastic turn-by-turn Google Navigator app, Verizon installed its VZ Navigator service — a feature which costs $10 a month to use.It would be one thing for Verizon to set the default search and map app to Bing with the option to switch back to Google. But it’s utterly inexcusable for Verizon to destroy the possibility of a switch without the user having to root the device and, under Verizon’s company policies, void their warranty. And on top of that, repeatedly charge you for a sub-par service instead of keeping the gold standard of navigation apps for free.And as bad as that is, there’s now a rumor that Verizon will be doing this again. On every single one of its Android devices.
quote: So what's your point?
quote: So claim what you want, but at least with Android you have a choice of platforms.